How Effective is Acupuncture in Treating Chronic Pain?

Dr. Richard Lee says acupuncture can change how we interpret pain signals.
3:00 | 09/10/12

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I do believe that acupuncture can be helpful in terms of treating certain pain symptoms like headache low back pain shoulder and osteoarthritis. I think there's a lot of ongoing research looking out why acupuncture is helpful for pain symptoms. Some of the study showed that can -- with the natural release of endorphins. But has -- the body's own. -- -- -- Chemicals to help the pain is also cities that showed that acupuncture can help with that. Pain signaling to her occurs in the nerve -- changing how those signals are sent to the brain and how we interpret -- symptoms. -- I think there's a lot of interest in ways that acupuncture might be helpful. And for different symptoms including for -- Some of the most interest -- work is coming -- looking -- functional MRI cities which showed that acupuncture can. All through signaling with in the central nervous system with in the brain and I think that might be another potential mechanism how acupuncture works. --

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